Culture - Feb 8, 2023
Strengthening Workers for the Daily Grind
Grinding castings is a strenuous and demanding job – and assigning workers to that necessary task is a real challenge for metalcasting operations. But it’s essential work, and as foundries produce higher volumes of castings the strain and need grow proportionally. Waupaca Foundry is pioneering use of “adaptive technology” to support workers assigned to manually grind iron castings.
Foundry Management & Technology #culture #marinette #safety #wfnews
Culture - Dec 9, 2022
New Soft Exoskeleton Glove in Foundry Lends a Hand to Worker Wellbeing
Foundries have long been defined by their hard work environments and manual labor. However, in the last 25 years, Waupaca Foundry has both witnessed and led industry change. Since 2016 alone, Waupaca Foundry has invested over $360 million in capital to build, continuously improve, and maintain state-of-the-art operations. Technology and automation have made foundry and machining jobs safer, more ergonomic and skilled. Areas in the foundry where manual operations still outpace robotics do remain, though, such as in the mill room. There is an opportunity to bridge the automation gap and improve work environments that support team wellness and longevity. Enter the world’s first soft exoskeleton glove: The Ironhand®.
Ally Melby | Waupaca Foundry #culture #marinette #safety #wf
Global MFG - Jul 18, 2022
Safety Culture in the Workplace: How Generational Differences Present Challenges, Opportunities
How do you create an effective safety culture in the workplace when you have an employee base that is so diverse? It's an important question for equipment manufacturers to ask and answer, and the latter can't really be accomplished without a better understanding of what "culture" refers to and how it impacts organizational goals and priorities.
compactequip | Compact Equipment #safety
Community - May 20, 2022
Waupaca Foundry Builds and Donates Hydraulic Ram for Waupaca and Portage County
After the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department received a surplus MRAP vehicle, the department identified the need for a ram to make the vehicle more useful in keeping officers safe during high-risk situations. For manufacturing such a piece, the department reached out to Waupaca Foundry to design, fabricate and install a hydraulic arm and push plate that could provide entrance to a barricaded area.
Ally Melby | Waupaca Foundry #award #community #donation #giving #safety #waupaca
OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS Stayed by SCOTUS
On Thursday, January 13, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States stayed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard. The Court remanded the case to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Legal News & Business Law News #osha #safety
U.S. Department of Labor announces annual adjustments to OSHA civil penalties
The U.S. Department of Labor announced adjustments to Occupational Safety and Health Administration civil penalty amounts based on cost-of-living adjustments for 2022. OSHA's maximum penalties for serious and other-than-serious violations will increase from $13,653 per violation to $14,502 per violation. The maximum penalty for willful or repeated violations will increase from $136,532 per violation to $145,027 per violation.
Trade Release | osha.gov #osha #safety
Community - Dec 27, 2021
New sergeant sworn in
By James Card At the city council meeting on Dec. 20, new recruit Bryan Strobusch took his oath of office as the new police sergeant and was sworn in by city clerk Becky Loehrke. Strobusch has much experience in local and regional law enforcement. Originally from Waupaca, he went to UW-Oshkosh, earning a bachelor's of science in criminal justice in 2010. After a stint at the Waupaca Foundry when there were not many police jobs open, he worked for the Langlade County Sheriff's Department.
James Card | waupacanow.com #award #safety #sergeant #waupaca
Iron Castings - Jun 1, 2021
Waupaca Foundry Replaces Wheels on Stand Grinders
The health and safety management system at Waupaca Foundry relies in part on risk reduction featuring continual improvement initiatives designed to progress manufacturing processes and improve safety. In this same spirit, Waupaca Foundry’s Plant 6 ductile iron plant located in Etowah Tennessee, saw an opportunity to reduce risk in its mill room. Stand grinding equipment in the mill room is used to grind, clean, and finish ductile iron castings. The wheels on the stand grinding equipment posed risk, however. The plant aimed to replace the traditional bonded abrasive wheels with diamond-plated wheels on its large 20 HP stand grinders to improve operator safety, improve maintenance.
Hanna Henrich-Waller | Waupaca Foundry #etowah #millroom #safety
Iron Castings - Feb 17, 2021
Waupaca Foundry keeps its attention on customer support, employee safety
Proving their mettle: Good suppliers stay the course during challenging times in the same way certain friends can be counted on when the going gets tough. Good suppliers stay the course during challenging times in the same way certain friends can be counted on when the going gets tough. There have been a lot of mettle-testing opportunities at every step in the supply chain over the past year.
Chad Elmore | Diesel Progress #iron-casting #safety #supplychain
Global MFG - Jan 11, 2021
Culture - May 14, 2020
Manufacturers Put Measures In Place To Stop The Spread Of Covid-19
Talk about foresight. In January, just as the world was learning more about COVID-19 and what was happening in China, Waupaca Foundry created a cross-functional team to plan steps the company would take if the virus arrived in any of the states where it operates.
MaryBeth Matzek | Insight Publications #safety #wfnews
Culture - Apr 27, 2020
Hundreds of homemade facemasks donated to support Waupaca Foundry workers
During these uncertain times, top priorities are health and safety, and while facemasks are not a part of the usual Waupaca Foundry uniform, they have become an optional line of defense and protection today.
Ally Melby | Waupaca Foundry #nurse #safety #tellcity
Culture - Apr 15, 2020
Community - Feb 5, 2019
Red Cross, Tell City Fire Department team up for "Sound the Alarm" installing free smoke alarms
The American Red Cross is partnering with the Tell City Fire Department and Waupaca Foundry to help "Sound the Alarm", providing home fire prevention education and installing free smoke alarms. This event will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. It will involve door-to-door canvassing, starting in the neighborhood where a fire killed three children.
Britney Taylor | TRISTATEHOMEPAGE.COM #safety #tellcity #wfnews
Environmental - Jan 23, 2019
OSHA publishes crystalline silica Frequently Asked Questions for general industry
On Jan. 22, 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) concernig the agency's final rule regulating occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica in general industry. For months, the American Foundry Society and National Association of Manufacturers have been working directly with the agency to craft these FAQs to provide metalcasters with additional guidance on key areas of the silica standard's requirements.
American Foundry Society #osha #safety
Culture - Aug 7, 2018
College student takes internship 900 miles from home | Waupaca Foundry
Some college students will do anything for the perfect internship before graduation. For Tyler Makoski, that meant traveling over 900 miles to have the opportunity to work as a summer intern at Waupaca Foundry in Waupaca, Wis.
Ally Melby | Waupaca Foundry #intern #safety #waupaca
Environmental - Feb 16, 2017